Mom with infant
  • On May 12, 2022
    Tiffany from IN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Are hiking child carrier backpacks allowed at Disney World parks? If so, are they able to be place at your feet during rides?

    Hi Tiffany!

    I remember those days of strapping my daughter to my back to explore. I loved having her close and it was much easier than pushing a stroller. 

    According to the Walt Disney World rules, backpacks are allowed as long as they do not exceed 24" long x 15" wide x 18" high (61 cm x 38 cm x 46 cm). Therefore, I recommend obtaining the dimensions of the hiking child carrier backpack that you want to use prior to bringing it to the parks. I did a quick search online and I found a nice child carrier backpack, from a popular retailer, that measures 24" H x 13" W x 15.4" D. Given these dimensions, this backpack would be allowed. 

    If the backpack will fit at your feet, you can bring it with you on the attraction. There are several attractions in which this will not be a challenge, such as The Sea with Nemo & Friends and "it's a small world." However, there are some attractions that have pretty tight spaces, such as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. At these attractions, I have a tough time fitting even a small backpack, but you can set the backpack in the specified area prior to boarding the attraction. Also keep in mind that certain attractions, such as Soarin', require Guests to place all bags in the middle aisle or under their seat.

    You may also find the Planning for Preschool Kids & Little Ones guide helpful as you are planning your vacation. This guide has great tips for exploring Walt Disney World with little ones! 

    I hope you have a magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Stacy, South Carolina

My name is Stacy and I'm a native Carolinian, single mom to two amazing teens, and a Walt Disney World fanatic! My kids and I are Disney Annual Passholders and whether we are celebrating a birthday, running a runDisney race, or simply having a craving for a Mickey pretzel, we visit the most magical place on earth as much as possible! I am ecstatic to share the tips and tricks I have learned over the yEARS as part of the planDisney panel!
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